Transformer LocalReplace Before

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Peter Avenent

Transformer that will insert transformations before component.

published 05.05.14

last updated 05.05.14


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The Challenge

I'm in the process of converting my metadata framework to use Mist Transformers instead of include files. During this process I encountered the following challenge while automating foreign key Lookups. I want to have DerivedColumns to add the -1 defaults for all foreign keys and using annotation tags will add the relevant Lookups. All the Transformer examples that I could find started with <#=TargetNode.GetBiml()#>, but I needed it to start with all the Lookups and then spit out the <#=TargetNode.GetBiml()#>.

The Solution

In the attached Mist project the Transformer in question is tf-dft-target-lkp.biml and the code is quite simple, it always is once you've figured it out.

<#@ target type="DerivedColumnList" mergemode="LocalReplace" #>

<#  if (TargetNode.Annotations["AddLookupTarget"] != null) { #>
<Transformations>
    <DerivedColumns Name="DC - Test PlaceHolder">
        <InputPath OutputPathName="<#=TargetNode.InputPath.ResolvedOutputPath.ScopedName#>" />
        <Columns>
            <Column Name="<#=TargetNode.InputPath.ResolvedOutputPath.ScopedName#>" DataType="Boolean" ReplaceExisting="false">false</Column>
        </Columns>
    </DerivedColumns>
<#  TargetNode.InputPath.RemoveFromParent();#>
    <#=TargetNode.GetBiml()#>
</Transformations>
<#  } #>
<#@ import namespace="System.Data" #>

Outstanding

I still want manually hook up the new input, but after a hour of looking into InputPath.OutputPath and AddNewInput without success I'm moving on to the next challenge. I will touch base with the Varigence development team in the next week or two and will post an update if there is a better way of achieving this.

By the by

In the Mist project I have also configured the Diff Viewer Path and Arguments for WinMerge if you are interested.

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